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Minnesota college offers Somali language classes

By MARK FISCHENICH, The Free Press NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A diverse set of foreign languages are taught at area colleges, but until last month they didn't include one of the languages most frequently spoken in the region. Students in various courses at Minnesota State University could ...

Minnesota teen recovering after bike accident

By MARY DIVINE, Pioneer Press LAKE ELMO, Minn. (AP) — Rowan Malmberg was biking to her boyfriend's house one morning this summer when she thought she could dash across Lake Elmo Avenue and beat a semitractor-trailer that was headed north. She couldn't. The truck driver slammed on his ...

Minneapolis landlords to pay $18.5 million to settle suit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Court documents show that two Minneapolis landlords accused of improper licensing and other violations have agreed to pay out $18.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by their tenants. The Star Tribune reports that the settlement was filed Friday involving ...

Minnesota college reviews Greek policy after student death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is re-examining its Greek life policy following the second alcohol-related death of a campus fraternity member within a year. The university launched a review into the campus' Greek organization policies last month in response to the death of ...

Retired priest who admitted to molesting children dies at 97

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A retired priest accused in more than 130 sexual abuse lawsuits and who admitted to molesting children on Guam has died. The Pacific Daily News reports the Archdiocese of Agana says Louis Brouillard, who was ordained on Guam in 1948, died Wednesday in his native ...

Isle Royale wolf relocation project wraps up for the year

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Officials at Isle Royale National Park say they've wrapped up the first phase of a multi-year effort to rebuild the gray wolf population. Three females and one male were trapped on the Minnesota mainland in recent weeks and flown to the Lake Superior park. A fifth wolf ...

Charges won’t be filed against Detroit Lakes police chief

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors say they will not file charges over a confrontation last summer between Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steve Todd and a 12-year-old boy. KFGO radio reports that the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigated a claim that Todd grabbed the boy around ...

Shuttered pioneer coal-fired power plant demolished

STANTON, N.D. (AP) — A coal-fired power plant that operated for half a century before being closed last year was demolished in 30 seconds. Great River Energy imploded the Stanton Station in Mercer County on Thursday morning, using explosives to bring down the 270-foot concrete stack and the ...

Change-of-plea set for man accused of attacking priest

TOWNER, N.D. (AP) — A Minnesota man charged with attacking a priest in North Dakota is scheduled to change his not guilty plea. Forty-three-year-old Chad Legare, of Alexandria, Minnesota, is accused of assaulting the Rev. Robert Wapenski Jan. 30 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in ...

Father of teen killed by police not surprised by no charges

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — The father of a Minnesota teenager fatally shot by police is not surprised the two officers involved won't be charged. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz announced Thursday that the officers who killed 16-year-old Archer Amorosi in Chanhassen in July had no choice ...

Attorney behind harassment case defends Phillips

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota attorney involved in a sexual harassment lawsuit now at issue in the 3rd Congressional District race says Democratic challenger Dean Phillips had nothing to do with the case. Phillips was a board member at Allina Health in 2007 when seven nurses sued a ...

Wardlow says he’d fire Democrats in Minnesota AG’s office

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Minnesota Attorney General candidate Doug Wardlow told a group of supporters that he would fire "42 Democratic attorneys right off the bat" and replace them with Republicans if he wins in November, according to a recording that Minnesota Public Radio News ...

The Latest: Ellison to appeal order unsealing divorce record

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on Minnesota's attorney general race (all times local): 2 p.m. An attorney for Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison says Ellison will appeal a court referee's order to unseal his divorce record. A Hennepin County family court referee on Friday granted ...

Prince estate to Trump: Stop using music at rallies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince's surviving family members are asking President Donald Trump to stop using the late rock star's music at campaign rallies. Prince's "Purple Rain" has frequently been on Trump's playlist at recent rallies, including last week in Southaven, Mississippi. Prince's ...

Southern Minnesota congressional candidates differ on Trump

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Candidates in a southern Minnesota congressional district that represents one of the best opportunities for Republicans to flip a Democratic-held House seat clashed Friday about health care, trade and President Donald Trump. Republican ...

Gov. Mark Dayton undergoes successful back surgery

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton's office says his latest back surgery was a success. Dayton underwent a third procedure to fuse several vertebrae in his lower back Friday morning. The operation was meant to improve the 71-year-old governor's leg strength and stability. Spokesman ...

Dozens of cases could be dismissed after police misconduct

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say an Eden Prairie police detective falsified a search warrant in a drug case, a revelation that could lead to the dismissal of dozens of cases he was involved in. Prosecutors said Friday that Detective Travis Serafin searched a defendant's house in a ...

Carver County shuts down Scream Town after anti-Somali note

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Carver County officials have shut down the haunted trail experience Scream Town after its owner made an anti-Somali comment. Carver County Administrator David Hemze says he terminated the contract with the landowner in Chaska. Scream Town owner Matt Dunn says he's ...

Republicans launch new attack ad on Phillips in House race

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new ad from Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen accuses Democratic challenger Dean Phillips of doing nothing about a sexual harassment case brought by seven female nurses against Allina Health clinic in 2007, when Phillips served on the Allina board. The commercial , which ...

Minnesota judge tosses charges midtrial against 3 activists

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge abruptly dismissed charges against three climate change activists during their trial on Tuesday, saying prosecutors failed to prove that the protesters' attempt to shut down two Enbridge Energy oil pipelines caused any damage. Clearwater County District ...

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